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Snap Judgments - New positions in Contemporary African Photography

Snap Judgments - New positions in Contemporary African Photography
AMSTERDAM  •  Stedelijk Museum CS  •  Ongoing

An exhibition of work by 35 contemporary African artists and photographers with unique perspectives on their own continent. The exhibition reveals how artists are using photography to respond artistically to the enormous changes currently taking place in African economic, social and cultural life. The artists also break away from lingering stereotypical images of their cultures, histories and countries. The show includes over 180 works by 35 artists. The majority of the works were produced since 2000, many were commissioned for the exhibition.

The exhibition highlights several themes. Artists like Zarina Bhimji (Uganda) and Zwelethu Mthethwa (South Africa), make the landscape a vehicle for understanding historical trauma or social alienation. Others focus on the rapid changes occurring in African cities, emphasising urban lifestyles and architectural developments. The human body is also a recurrent subject, sometimes addressed provocatively as in the work of Nigerian-born Oladélé Bamgboyé, who explores the shifting boundaries of identity, gender and sexuality. The history of the continent is likewise represented with many of the younger African artists reconstructing it by challenging or reinventing the narrative of the colonial past. 

The exhibition is accompanied by an English-language publication, Snap Judgments: New Positions in Contemporary African Photography, containing an essay by Okwui Enwezor (published by ICP/Steidl Verlag).

Artists featuring in the exhibition Snap Judgments:

Doa Aly (Egypt)

Lara Baladi (Egypt / Lebanon)

Oladélé Bamgboye (Nigeria / UK)

Yto Barrada (Marocco)

Luis Basto (Mozambique)

Zohra Bensemra (Algeria)

Zarina Bhimji (Uganda / UK)

Mohamed Camara (Mali)

Ali Chraibi (Marocco)

Omar D. (Daoud) (Algeria)

Depth of Field (collective) (Nigeria)

Allan deSouza (Kenya / UK / USA)

Andrew Dosunmu (Nigeria / USA)

Hala Elkoussy (Egypt)

Theo Eshetu (Ethiopia / Italy)

Mamadou Gomis (Senegal)

Kay Hassan (South Africa)

Romuald Hazoumé (Benin)

Moshekwa Langa (South Africa / the Netherlands)

Maha Maamoun (Egypt)

Boubacar Touré Mandémory (Senegal)

Hentie van der Merwe (South Africa / Belgium)

Zwelethu Mthethwa (South Africa)

James Muruiki (Kenya)

Lamia Naji (Marocco)

Otobong Nkanga (Nigeria / the Netherlands)

Jo Ractliffe (South Africa)

Tracey Rose (South Africa)

Fatou Kandé Senghor (Senegal)

Randa Shaath (Egypt / Palestine)

Mikhael Subotzky (South Africa)

Sada Tangara (Mali / Senegal)

Guy Tillim (South Africa)

Michael Tsegaye (Ethiopia)

Nontsikelelo “Lolo” Veleko (South Africa


Stedelijk Museum CS Web Site

Contact: Tel: (31) 20 57 32 911

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